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Glastonbury 2023 to run entirely on renewable energy

All generators across the site will run on renewable fuel made from waste cooking oil.

By Nick Reilly

The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, 2019
(Photo: Rodw/Wikimedia Commons)

Glastonbury organisers have confirmed that the 2023 edition will be entirely run on renewable energy.

The festival, which will take in headline slots from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses and Elton John, will embark on its greenest edition yet – with organisers outlining the methods used to keep its environmental conscience front and centre.

“We’re very pleased to report that all of Glastonbury 2023’s power needs will be met by renewable energy and renewable fuels, eliminating the need to rely on fossil fuels for power across the Festival,” a social media post read.

“All generators across the Festival site are run on sustainable, renewable palm oil-free HVO fuel – made from waste cooking oil – helping reduce CO2e emissions,” it continued. “A temporary wind turbine, installed alongside a solar panel and battery system, will produce up to 300kWh of energy per day and power food stalls in Williams Green.”

It forms part of a wider initiative to improve the festival’s green credentials. Organisers have banned single-used plastic drinks bottles, while disposable vapes have also been banned.

“All crockery and plates at the Festival are either reusable or compostable – and inedible food waste is turned into fertile compost or sent to anaerobic digestion,” they said.

“In a determined drive to reduce non-recyclable waste and promote more sustainable alternatives…all crisps are sold in compostable packaging.”

The festival’s Green Fields have also avoided any fossil fuel use since 1984 and will further incorporate the use of solar, wind and pedal power options.

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